Toxic cyanobacterial breakthrough and accumulation in a drinking water plant: A monitoring and treatment challenge

École Polytechnique de Montreal, Civil, Mineral and Mining Engineering Department, P.O. Box 6079, Station Centre-ville, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Water Research (Impact Factor: 5.53). 11/2011; 46(5):1511-23. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2011.11.012
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The detection of cyanobacteria and their associated toxins has intensified in recent years in both drinking water sources and the raw water of drinking water treatment plants (DWTPs). The objectives of this study were to: 1) estimate the breakthrough and accumulation of toxic cyanobacteria in water, scums and sludge inside a DWTP, and 2) to determine whether chlorination can be an efficient barrier to the prevention of cyanotoxin breakthrough in drinking water. In a full scale DWTP, the fate of cyanobacteria and their associated toxins was studied after the addition of coagulant and powdered activated carbon, post clarification, within the clarifier sludge bed, after filtration and final chlorination. Elevated cyanobacterial cell numbers (4.7 × 10(6)cells/mL) and total microcystins concentrations (up to 10 mg/L) accumulated in the clarifiers of the treatment plant. Breakthrough of cells and toxins in filtered water was observed. Also, a total microcystins concentration of 2.47 μg/L was measured in chlorinated drinking water. Cyanobacterial cells and toxins from environmental bloom samples were more resistant to chlorination than results obtained using laboratory cultured cells and dissolved standard toxins.

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    • "Nowadays, many lakes and reservoirs are suffering from eutrophication resulting in seasonal algal blooms [1]. Toxic cyanobacteria species are considered to be the most threatening and undesirable species for drinking water plants, not only because the tiny cyanobacteria cells are difficult to be removed by traditional processes but also these easily broken cyanobacteria cells may release intracellular toxin and odour compounds that severely threaten the quality of water supply [2]. "
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    • "SYTO9 marking all cell membranes and propidium iodide (PI) binding only cells with lethally damaged membranes (Boulos et al., 1999; Stocks, 2004; Berney et al., 2007). Cyanotoxin analyses were conducted via an online solid phase extraction-liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (online SPE-LC-MS/MS) as previously described by Zamyadi et al. (2012b) "
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    • "These compounds also minimize the issues associated with more environmentally damaging mitigation methods such as the use of copper sulfate (CuSO 4 ) on K. brevis blooms in the 1950s (Rounsefell and Evans, 1958 as cited in Kim, 2006). However, CuSO 4 and chlorination are still used routinely to rid drinking water reservoirs of nuisance algae and toxins (McKnight et al., 1983; Zamyadi et al., 2012). Clay minerals such as kaolinite and loess compounds have been used effectively to control blooms in Asia, Europe, and the United States. "

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